Heavyweight Tyson Fury wasn’t mentally ready to fight Alexander Ustinov tonight because of his uncle Hughie being hospitalized from complications from surgery, according to promoter Frank Warren.
Fury obviously is close to his uncle, and he wasn’t up for going into a fight where he would need to be fully engaged for him to win.
This wasn’t going to be one of Fury’s easier bouts against the likes of Martin Rogan where he could come in and fight out of the southpaw stance for the entire fight. Fury had a real fight on his hands against the 6’7 ½” Ustinov, and even if he was at his best, it’s unclear whether he would have beaten the big bear-like Ustinov.
Warren told IFL TV “After the weigh-in yesterday, I got a phone call from Peter [Fury], who stated that his brother Hughie who used to be Tyson’s trainer as well, that he’d had an operation and there was some complications and it was life threatening. And he didn’t feel like Tyson could be fighting. So he said he’d come back to me to let me know what the position would be. And eventually he came back and said that Tyson wasn’t mentally there for the fight. So therefore he was pulling him out.”
As for the Fury-Ustinov fight being rescheduled, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be happening. Warren mentioned that he plans on rescheduling the fight between Fury and his fighter Dereck Chisora for somewhere in October, depending on how well Chisora heals up from his hand injury that he suffered last week while sparring with Ustinov.
Chisora pulled out of the Fury fight, which was supposed to have been happening today, because of the injury. But Fury is still under contract for the Chisora rematch, so he’ll need to take that fight later this year when Chisora is able to fight again and after Warren reschedules the fight.
Ustinov unfortunately doesn’t look like he’s going to get another shot at his fight with Fury being rescheduled, because the Chisora-Fury2 fight is a WBO world title eliminator. If Fury wins that fight, he’s not going to take his career backwards to fight a contender like Ustinov.